The world of historical fiction features great authors and great bloggers and book reviewers who help promote the wonderful novels written by these fantastic historical fiction writers. These bloggers and reviewers have a passion for historical fiction and are proud to promote the works they read and enjoy. Deborah Previte from The Bookish Libraria-The Bookish Dame Reviews answers 10 questions about the genre she so loves.
1. What was the first historical fiction novel you ever read?
I was in my early teens and I read a novel about Florence Nightingale! I can’t remember the name of the novel, but it set me on my love of historical fiction.
2. What are your favorite historical fiction novels?
I have so many authors I love. Let me answer your question from a different perspective. I’m interested in timeframes, specifically. I love the Tudor Period of English history, all periods of French history, WWI and WWII, and Russian Romanov/Czar historical time periods. While I’ll read almost any historical fiction, those are my favorites.
3. Who are some historical fiction authors you have interviewed or worked with?
Many over the years. My current favorites are: C. W. Gortner, Eva Stachniak, Hilary Mantel, Sandra Byrd, Sophie Perinot, Nancy Bilyeau, Donna Russo, Dora Levy Mossanen, and Tatiana de Rosnay. I’ve interviewed C. W. Gortner, Nancy Bilyeau and others. I’ve reviewed books of those I’ve mentioned above as well as many others on my blog.
4. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Since I was a little girl and first read a biography of her, I’ve always had an affinity for Marie Antoinette. I’d go back in history to be in her court. Love to be one of her ladies-in-waiting, strange as that may seem! She’s always seemed like the most glamorous and creative of the queens to me.
5. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1776-ish when Marie Antoinette was queen of France…or later as she came into her own.
6. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Jesus, Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.
7. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Versailles Palace, of course.
8. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Anne Boleyn is my favorite. (I seem to be fond of queens who lose their heads!) Actually, I’m fond of Anne because she caused Henry to lose his head and to change the realm and religion of a country for love of her. Also, because she was the mother of the most powerful queen in history, Elizabeth I. We now know that children get their intelligence from their mothers, so Elizabeth’s intelligence and great power of managing her kingdom would have come from her mother. Additionally, Anne must have been more strikingly alluring than history can tell us or show us to have caused Henry to do what he did. She’s legendary in her own right.
9. Do you read traditional books or use an E-Reader?
I prefer to read traditional books. When all else fails, I’ll read an ebook…but I kick and scream if I have to. I believe in saving our “real” books.
10. Tea or coffee when reading and reviewing books?
Diet coke or sweet tea.